Thursday, 2 August 2018

Groovi Zig-Zag Border 2 & Tina's Rosie Doodle plates

Hello Friends,

I'm back today with another Zig-Zag card for you to see.

I've been making frames for my class ladies for some time now and usually as soon as one class has finished, I'm on to designing the next frames, using different Groovi Plates for the next class.  Not this time though, I'm really enjoying working with my Zig-Zag frames.  It took me ages to get the measurements correct, so I might as well utilise the Silhouette file I created, as much as I can!

That's the beauty of making cards with my Silhouette, with the features available within the software to use, I can just keep on designing, all I have to remember for these designs though, is that I can't resize those zig-zags!

One of the main ideas behind my frames was to cut down on the amount of snipping that has to be done to make a card.  To me, so long as I'm using great card stock, I think they finish a Parchment card off neater than snipping round the edge sometimes.  With that said though, this time I thought it's time for a bit of snipping, after all it is one of the main components of Parchment Craft.  

For my card today, I pricked around the edge of one of the frames that I'd made (see my last post) and then went back to my trusty Silhouette to make a Zig-Zag card mat!  So easy when you know how ;)!

The parchment is attached to this card by just that tiny bit of thread on the button, in the centre of the butterfly.




The Groovi plates I used were;

I hope you like how I've used my Groovi Plates today.

Happy crafting.

Carole x


Saturday, 28 July 2018

Groovi Zig-Zag border plate

Hello friends,

Over the last year or so I've been designing bespoke frames using my Silhouette software to make parchment craft easier for myself and ladies attending my classes.

The launch of the Groovi® parchment craft system by Clarity, was fabulous, it enabled thousands of people to start parching (some again, like myself) and me to go back to teaching the craft.  What I found though was that ladies who attended my card class wanted quick cards, just like myself actually and many of them were not wanting to spend their time snipping out intricate edges.

I'm still someone who aims to make a card neat - in fact that is my main aim.  I also like to use what I consider to be the nicest products, card stock to me is especially important.

I really do enjoy parchment craft using the Groovi® system, especially now I've teamed it up with my knowledge of the software for my Silhouette Cameo machine.  The more frames I've made the more adventurous they have become, I suppose you could say.

It was this latest batch of frames that I designed, that got me thinking I really ought to blog about them.  I wanted to share with you how you can utilise your electronic die cutting machine to cut out frames.  Not only will you find they are great for parchment craft but I'm sure they will work well with rubber stamping and other paper crafting techniques too.





I designed these frames around using this border plate from Clarity.

Email me if you have any questions.

Thanks for stopping by to see my creations.

Happy crafting.

Carole x














Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Groovi Parchment Craft Christmas cards - with Silhouette!

Hello friends,

I've been mixing my stash of designer papers, stamps, inks, Groovi plates, dies and of course my Silhouette Cameo to make a few Christmas cards.  These were made by the ladies who came to my Groovi classes during November.

I wanted to share how to use large ball tools and shader tools to white emboss on Parchment for a larger area and I also wanted to show my students how to change up their Groovi nested plates a little, using these techniques we made this card....



Can you see how we used a few dots to break up the lines on the Groovi nested circle, I was really pleased to come up with that one, I hadn't seen it before.  We used Pergamano pencils to colour in the bits that are coloured, blended the colouring with a tiny amount of alcohol and then very gently embossed the body and face of the snowman.  I'd still rather not use brads on parchment, so like usual, I made a frame to fit perfectly, on my Silhouette Cameo.


After photographing the card I thought it needed a little something extra so I produced a matching rim, again using my Silhouette machine.

The next technique I wanted to share was how to make beautiful coloured parchment papers similar to the Clarity ones.  I love the Clarity ones, I think all the ladies I teach here own them, but I really wanted to try and make my own, choosing the colours that I like....


I die cut the parchment using a dotted frame die, on the back we dabbed (with a sponge) Brushos mixed with alcohol, it was great fun.  We stuck the star die cut on the the front and hid Perga glue behind the bits on there to attach the parchment to the background mat and card.  Again not a brad in sight, just carefully dotted glue ;)!

Our final card was actually more about the envelope than the card, to be honest.  I found a great envelope made by someone on Pinterest and thought it would be a fabulous parchment project.  I made one in parchment but it wasn't great (I wasn't careful enough with the scoring so the parchment tore a little bit in places), I showed my students and we decided to go with making a paper one in class, they then had the option of making a parchment one at home.



The card is very simple!  There are actually two different ways of folding the envelope for two different effects, you'll work that out if you make one!

I hope I've inspired you to change up those nested Groovi plates and try a little something new with your parchment craft.

Happy crafting.

Carole x







Sunday, 5 November 2017

Silhouette Cameo - Lessons - Graphtec UK & NEC Hobbycrafts show 2017!

Hello Friends,

What a fabulous day I had yesterday at the Craft & Hobby show at the NEC.  I was given the chance to demonstrate for a short while on the Silhouette UK stall, so that Lisa could have a little break.  I really enjoyed being back at the NEC demonstrating, it's been years since I was last there "on a roll" and I loved it!

They are a great bunch of people, showing, sharing knowledge and selling great Silhouette products and I'd like to thank them for giving me a little go, at what I used to do best!

I chatted to lots of people and it seems that there are lots of ladies out there who do need help with the software.  I have been teaching on a one-to-one basis for about 5 years now and am happy to discuss with you about what you'd like help with and how I can help you, to get the best out of your Silhouette Cameo or Portrait machine.

Over the years I've given one-to-one Silhouette software lessons to a jewellery designer,  a book binder, a few ladies interested in home decor, three or four teachers who bought the machines for decorating their classrooms, and quite a few card makers and scrapbookers.  Most of these ladies have travelled miles and miles, either by car or train (I can pick you up from my local station - 3 minutes away) to my home, where they have been given my full attention on how to help them the best.  They also get ongoing support for a few weeks afterwards, just in case they need reminding of anything.

You can learn a lot by designing and making a card, no matter what you use the your Silhouette Cameo for, you do need to learn the basics.  You can do that by yourself, there are so many wonderful on-line tutorials out there or you can indulge yourself, take away the search and the stress by spending a day with me!



My contact details are on the right side of the screen.  Email me if you are interested in learning about how to get the best out of your Silhouette Cameo or Portrait machine, or if you'd like a lesson before you decide to make your purchase!  I'm guessing some of you reading this haven't even got yours out of the box....go on - do it - unbox it, download the software and have a play - you certainly won't regret it!

Happy Silhouette crafting.

Carole x








Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Silhouette Cameo 3 - workshops, classes, one to one tuition

Hello everyone,

I'm so excited, I just can't hide it!  Look what's just arrived!



I only decided to order one yesterday lunch time and it's arrived today.  Thank you Graphtec for your very prompt service, I am so impressed!

To begin with, when I got it out of the box, I thought it was much bigger than my Cameo 1, but it's not all that much bigger.  It's just more solid and better designed, I'd say.

I was going to wait for a while before I upgraded but it seems that the launch of this new machine has bought more interest to my little old blog :).  I am having requests again for one-to-one tuition, on the Silhouette software.

I taught a wonderful lady last week who had bought her Cameo 2 about two years ago and hadn't even gotten it out of the box!  In fact she tried to return it to the supplier she bought it from, hopeful for a swap, to no avail.

The lovely lady concerned felt better about her machine, when she saw my old Cameo 1, still working for me and doing what I want it to do, chugging away merrily after about 5/6 years!  She doesn't need to upgrade, now she's had a one-to-one with me at my home, she just needs to get it out of the box and get designing and cutting!  She will be brilliant at, when she gets going - she's a jewellery designer!

So what made me upgrade?  Well, I've had another couple of enquiries about tuition, one lady I can't contact because she left me a comment on my blog post and I have no way of contacting her......hope she's reading this and another lady who has booked a whole day with me the week after next.  The lady booked in to my diary has a Cameo 3!  So there we are.....I need a new one!  There a fair bit of difference between the two machines and in order to get myself up to speed, I could have watched a whole load of Youtube videos or I could "just" buy one!

I would consider myself an expert in most of the features of the Silhouette software, that a general card maker or scrapbooker would want.  If you spent a day with me, you could get yours out of the box, with the confidence that you can make beautiful projects, using the features that you're most interested in.  We would exchange emails where I listen and learn from you what you're actually looking to create, so that I have an idea of how I'm going to get you to get the best out of your machine in a day!

I'm so looking forward to sharing years of knowledge and tips side by side with you.....

For details, email me, my email address is just over there......on the right of your screen!

Happy crafting!

Carole xx